Friday, 6 April 2018

Video Focus: 8 Card Ideas with Altenew Cube Cover Die

Today I'm sharing a few ideas on how to use Altenew's Cube Cover Die which I am obsessed with! When I saw this die, I knew I had to have it, it has a clean and simple geometric look which lends itself really well to many different card designs. 

I have made a video with a voice over (please excuse my voice as I am recovering from a cold) showing how you can use the die in many different ways.  I'm also testing out a new software which has been a major learning curve for me and unfortunately I have had a little trouble with the sound, apologies for this, I am hoping to improve on this for the future!

There are so many other ways you can use this die which I have not mentioned including using the die cut as a stencil which you can use with inks, sprays and event embossing paste.

Altenew and Birch Press have layering cover plate dies and some of them can be quite expensive so I decided to experiment to see if I could replicate the look with a single die and when I saw the Cube Cover Die, I knew I had to give it a go. 

Layered Die cuts using Happy Together Stamp by Altenew
Layered Die Cut using Thinking of You Stamp and Script Words Die by Altenew 

You can watch the video for an overview of how I made the cards and created that layered look:

Here's a closer look at other cards I made and I have linked to other blogs and videos that I was inspired by:

Dry Embossed Background using Beautiful Lady Stamp by Altenew

Partial Die cut Panel using Adore You Stamps by Altenew
Above inspired by:

Die Cut Inlay Panel
Above inspired by:
Shaker Card using Script Words Die by Altenew

Dimensional Card using Crafty Life Die by Altenew
Above inspired by:

See Through Die Cut Card using Wings of Hope and Script Words 2 Die Set by Altenew
Above inspired by:

I live in the UK and I bought all my products from Seven Hills Crafts:

Thank you very much for taking the time to watch my video and read my blog! If you have any questions, please do let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

I hope that this has given you lots of idea on the many ways that you can us this versatile die. 

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Video Tutorial: Little Birdie Crafts Journal

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are doing well! Today I have a very special video to share with you. I was contacted by Harish and Rashmi Closepet who are owners of an Indian Crafts Manufacturer called Little Birdie Crafts, they do fabulous embellishments and flowers which are probably the most beautiful I have ever seen.

The shabby chic style of crafting is something completely new to me! As I am always up for a challenge I wanted to give it a go, and honestly it took me less than an hour to make this mini album, which I am so please about! I used Eileen Hull's Sizzix Journal die which is a must if you are into making mini albums, art journaling and travelers' notebooks.

Here's the video tutorial I made:

Rashmi sent me some info about the company:

Harish & I came back from Australia after having lived there for 10 years wanting to do something which can employ & empower Rural women. We started a small factory employing about 40 women in Bangalore & started making handmade things & started exporting them. Then we reached out to smaller villages where there was no rain, low employment rates & started smaller Rural centres there employing local women. 

Today we employ more than 2000 women directly & indirectly! We also support an orphanage which houses around 55 children & some elderly challenged women. We also support a child rescue centre in a city close to Bangalore. All the products we manufacture in the Little Birdie brand are totally handmade. Every petal in the flower you see is hand embossed, hand shaded, hand glittered. We export our products globally & In the year 2007, we started Itsy Bitsy , a Hobby & Craft store in Bangalore. Today, we have 20 stores Pan India, covering 7 major metros & there are more in the pipeline! We are truly a vertically integrated Craft business that does everything from ideation to designing to sourcing to manufacturing & Retail !  

Our core business is making handmade paper flowers but we are also into making intricate laser cut Chipboard shapes, Burlap flowers, fabric flowers, embellishments, stencils, colour sprays, Adhesives, Mixed Media paste, crackle medium, Gel medium, Chalk paints, Metallic paints & more! All our Adhesives & mediums are ASTM / EN 71 approved. Our International customers can buy from our Little Birdie website: The minimum purchase is $150 & the shipping is absolutely free. I hope this info helps 🙂 🙂  Let me know if you need anything else.

Thank you for sending me all these gorgeous products and I hope to visit your stores some day and meet the rest of your team! <3 

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a fabulous day! :)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Video Tutorial: Triple Embossing With Intent!

This is one of my favourite take on triple embossing, as you can take advantage of the properties of various embossing powders! The finished project has a gorgeous faux metallic finish. 

The video also gives a brief overview on how to use Melt-It, mixing and using Sparkles Premium Glitter to create 3D shapes. It also shows off how to highlight embossed surfaces with Fab Foils which really brings out the details. This is of my most favourite styl of classes to teach!

Click on the video below to see how I completed the whole project!

And here's a closeup of all that textured deliciousness: 

WOW Embossing Powder Products used:
Perissa Embossing Powder
Ebony Regular Embossing Powder
Clear Ultra High Embossing Powder
WOW Clear Slow Drying Inkpad
Fab Foil Ice Blue
Santorini Sparkles Premium Glitter
WOW Heat Tool
Butterfly Silicone Mould
Melt-It Foil Trays

Thanks for stopping by an have a great day!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Video Tutorial Making Easy Cards With Double Sided Tape

Today I'm here to show you one of my go to techniques for when I need to make a quick and easy card to send out to that special someone. Double sided tape is heat resistant so it can be used with your favourite WOW Embossing Powder or WOW Sparkles Premium Glitter or WOW Fab Foil!

Watch the video below to see how I created the cards. I would absolutely love it if you can leave any comments or feedback and I am working on improving my camera skills! :) 

And here is a closer look at the finished cards that I made:

 WOW Fab Foil ( Rose Gold and Turquoise); Sentiment from WOW Starburst Stampset

 WOW Sparkles Premium Glitter (Seahorse, Santorini and Thistle), Sentiment from WOW Starburst Stampset
WOW Embossing Glitters (Neptune, Zeus, Black Twinkle), Diecut From Altenew Script Words 2

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope that you have an amazing weekend!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Workshops at Loobicrafts Vlog

A few days ago I was invited to teach at LoobiCrafts in Leighton Buzzard for the second time this year. I was of course delighted and said yes! They are a lovely store stocked to the rafters with all sorts of delicious papercrafting goodies. It is a family business run by a mother and daughter team Lynne and Lisa who provide amazing and personal customer service.

Picture of the store (borrowed from their Facebook Page), they have a separate Craft Studio especially for running workshops!

I thought it might be fun to do a video and "behind-the-scenes" clips for how I got ready for the workshops leading up to the day. I had an amazing time and all the ladies were so friendly and I think they had a good time, haha! Here is the video below, it feels very weird to see my face and hear my voice on video, but I thought this might be good practice for the future!

Here are the two classes that I taught using fabulous WOW Embossing Powder products:

I am going to be sharing more videos on how I made the above projects, which I will share here and on YouTube over the next few weeks. 

Thank you for stopping by and hope that you have a wonderful day :)


Friday, 29 September 2017

Starting a New Chapter!

“The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes.”
Hello Loves,

I have been putting off writing a post for some time as I have so much to share and didn't know quite where to begin. So, I decided to start somewhere and maybe the words will flow a lot more easily :)

I have had an extraordinary year. I feel very blessed to be where I am right now in my little craft studio in our home. The leaves outside are beginning to become the colour of flames and the days are becoming colder ... and shorter. Normally I do not look forward to winter, but this year I am determined to embrace it!

What have I been doing these past few months? I have been teaching classes in shops, hosting workshops for WOW! Embossing Powder and for the London Stationery Show. Some of my creations can be seen in my here.

London Stationery Show April 2017

I've also had the honour of being published in a few Craft Magazines, and I have created a small gallery here!

Workshops at Loobi Crafts June 2017

I have decided to make the leap and make some MAJOR changes in my life this year, I have decided to branch out on my own and work freelance! I made the very scary decision to leave my job at WOW! Embossing Powder ... I have learnt so much over the 5 years that I have been with them, picking up new skills and developed personally and professionally. I will still continue to work with my beloved WOW Embossing Powders and you will see more of my work here on the blog, on Instagram and on YouTube!

WOW! Embossing Powder Retailer raining Day

I have challenged myself to post something everyday on Instagram for the month of September, so I decided to base all my main posts for the day on a theme which I called the "Dear Heart Project" which was an exercise to get me into the habit of sharing on a daily basis and to also get me to write more (something which I loved to do before I moved to the UK) and doing something beyond my comfort zone. I have had such an amazing response to the posts, where people have messaged me privately and spoken to me in person about how much they were affected by the words ... which made me feel very humbled. Thank you to everyone who has shared, liked and commented on the posts.

Dear Heart Project

Personally I have been looking after myself by exercising regularly, going for weekly swimming lessons (I used to be afraid of deep water yikes!) and consciously making better eating choices :) I have lost weight, gained muscle (my husband laughs at my delight in flexing my puny muscles heehee!) and feeling in the best shape that I have been in a very long time. If you have stuck with me reading through this huge post do take one thing away dear reader: Make Yourself a Priority.

Keep Swimming
Taking the plunge! 

So what's next? I am planning on posting most regularly on my blog, I post on Instagram almost daily and there are Youtube videos in the works! :o I hope that you will join me on my journey, and I am hoping to make some announcements of more workshops coming soon. My next workshop will be at Loobi Crafts on the 10th of November, so if you would like to join me please contact Lisa and Lynne for more details. 

Noel Mixed Media canvas

Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic day 

Tania x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WOW! Design Team Blog Hop Celebrating the 2017 Products Release!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by and taking part in our Blog Hop with the Design Team celebrating the new 2017 release products!

We have just flown back from the Paperworld Trade Show in Frankfurt and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity for me to share the samples that I created for display on the WOW stand!

Be sure to visit our information website to view the full product release!

You can buy the new products from these stockists. This listing will be updated as soon as the new products ship! 

I really went to town with all the new products, and I have especially been loving the new Sparkles Premium Glitter. 

Butterfly Box Frame
WOW! Products:
Go Figure Stamp, Primary Copacabana, Colour Blend Rose Gold, Pumpkin Spice Sparkles

Art Heart Altered Frame
WOW! Products:
Hearts & Twine Stamp, Colour Blend Perissa, Clear Gloss Ultra High, Silver Fab Foil, Colour Blend Rose Gold, Colour Blend Champers, Hot Gossip Embossing Glitter, Prom Queen Sparkles, Hearts Silicone Mould

Celebration Hi Card
WOW! Products: Celebration Sparkles

Squiggly Hello Card
WOW! Products: Hearts & Twine Stamp, Big Words Stamp, Primary Oasis, Primary Copacabana, Primary Eggplant

Sparkle Flower Canvas
WOW Products:
Go Figure Stamp, Colour Blend Rose Gold, Prom Queen Sparkles, Peachy Keen Sparkles

Starry Eyed Card
WOW! Products: Pumpkin Spice Sparkles, Pinkini Sparkles, Blush Fab Foil, Teal Fab Foil

Be sure to leave comments on all the WOW Design Team blogs to get a chance to win 3 sets of the new goodies!

Let me know if you have any questions about the projects and I would be happy to answer :) I am hoping to create some new tutorial videos soon, so stay tuned!

Take care and have a great day!

Tania x

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